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#1 posted 05-03-2013 12:53 PM

Nice comments from the guys and it sounds like you have a plan but I’m curious,

why are you making the walls ten feet tall? If you want to save money and build a “standard” size building based on standard size materials you should make them 8 ft.

Between the 10 ft. walls and the 12/12 pitch this 8×10 shed is going to look like a castle! It will be almost 14 ft. tall! Are you storing canoes upright? Ha! JK!!!

What is the pitch on your existing house or garage/ nearest structure? It seems like that would be the pitch to match – unless it’s a 12/12!.... it’s too steep! IMO unless you like the Victorian look it’s way out of proportion.

It will add material costs in roofing and you won’t be able to walk on it to shingle it… no big deal but worth mentioning.

Trusses are a joke on a structure this small. Plus, they take up all that ceiling room inside and have limited capacity for storage. You could vault the ceiling (no joists) and leave it wide open if you used a 2×8 ridge beam or that 4×6 beam – which I personally like the look of.

One little note:
you could cheat and draw a big full scale drawing of the gable on two pieces of plywood on the ground. Just measure the rafters on the drawing. Cut your birds mouth and the ridge cut on a pair of rafters, set your beam dead center, hold them in place and check them for a good fit.

Make adjustments to the angle BEFORE you cut all the 2×6 rafters. A gap more than an 1/8” should be recut. Mine are always tight.

16” centers are best. If you go with 24” centers, I would suggest going with 5/8” plywood. The roofing nails are going to stick through so don’t buy them too long.

Lastly, get some help at least on the first day from a carpenter who knows how to do this. It gets real ugly if you start off wrong and say, “It doesn’t matter, it’s just a shed.” Start straight, level and square or pay dearly.

Damn it sounds like fun! lets all have a barn raising! I’ll bring the beer!

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